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It is said that jade masters have hands that can create miracles, because they can make beautiful looking jade jewelry out of ordinary looking jade stones. (Image: Zhangyu_5, Pixabay, CC0)

The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities as it tells of the He Shi Bi (和氏璧), the…

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The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities…

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The Legacy of China’s First Emperor

China has a history of around 5,000 years, but prior to the Qin Dynasty that began in 221 B.C., the concept of “China” was totally different than the one with…

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Tainted History: Taking History as a Guide

In the series Tainted History, Vision Times focuses on stories about the fates of famous Chinese people around 1949, at a time when the Communist Party occupied China after winning…

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The Epic Conquests of General Han Xin

China’s Han Dynasty (漢朝), founded in 202 B.C., lasted four centuries and inspired the modern name of the Han people, who make up over 90 percent of China’s 1.4 billion…

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Stick to the Baseline of Your Life

A recent trend has come to light in China as students denounce their professors before college administrators. Consequently, several professors have lost their positions and many in the academic community have…

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Chopsticks: More Than an Eating Utensil

Legend has it that chopsticks were invented by Emperor Yu the Great, who was once stranded on an island and started cooking some meat. His hunger uncontrollable, he used two…

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The Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of the oldest and most popular traditional Chinese festivals. This…